SEARCA News

On this day, 16 March, one year ago the Philippine government declared a lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. That lockdown along with countless other lockdowns worldwide was the beginning of sweeping changes of life as we know it that came with such unprecedented restriction of movement. To the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the lockdown started a shift to work-from-home arrangements, cancelled field visits and other official travels, and a collective effort to find new ways to continue delivering on our mandate and stay connected with our stakeholders. “Agriculture is very… Read more
Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), has been appointed as one of the new Champions of the United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit 2021. According to the UN, “the Champions Network mobilizes a diverse range of people in every region of the world to call for fundamental transformation of the world’s food systems. Champions are leaders of institutions and networks advancing food systems transformation and thought leadership.” Dr. Gregorio said being a Food Systems Champion “aligns well with SEARCA’s mandate and its focus on accelerating transformation through… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, PHILIPPINES - The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) hosted an online training on “Identification of Insect Pests, Beneficial Insects, and Diseases of Calamansi, and their Management” via Zoom platform on 04 March 2021. The training aimed to help the farmers to identify the insect pests of calamansi and their associated natural enemies, diagnose the common diseases, and understand the different management strategies to control these. Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, welcomed the participants which included farmers, nursery operators, technical staff from the agriculture sector in Oriental Mindoro, and other key… Read more
Paving the way for a broad digital transformation of agriculture in Asia, SEARCA in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat (ASEC) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) held a Knowledge Sharing Workshop for the project on “Enhancing Food Supply Chain Resilience and Food Security in ASEAN with Utilization of Digital Technologies” via Zoom on 22 February 2021. More than a hundred delegates composed of government officials from the agriculture and trade ministries of ASEAN Member States (AMS) as well as representatives from the academe and private sector participated in the activity… Read more
Engr. Philip Donald C. Sanchez shared his Master’s thesis titled “Application of laser-based imaging technique in the quality evaluation of Malaysia sweet potato varieties during postharvest storage” during the Special Graduate Seminar on 05 March 2021.The seminar was organized by the Education and Collective Learning Department (ECLD) and hosted under the SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (SOLVE) platform. Engr. Sanchez received his Master of Science in Agricultural Process Engineering (MSAPE) at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) through the UPM-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program. Currently, he works at Caraga State University in Agusan Del Norte, Philippines as Chairperson of the Department of… Read more
In a prestigious ceremony held at the Charles Fuller Baker Hall, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) on 6 March 2021, the University of the Philippines (UP) Board of Regents conferred a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, degree upon Dr. Emil Q. Javier, National Scientist and former Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). The honorary degree is conferred to an eminent individual with integrity who “has distinguished himself in the field of law, justice administration, governance, leadership, or public service, through outstanding work, or of exemplary service to the… Read more
His Excellency Koshikawa Kazuhiko, the new Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines, visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 6 March 2021. He was received by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, and Mr. Joselito G. Florendo, SEARCA Deputy Director for Administration. With them were top officials of the University of the Philippines (UP) System and UP Los Baños (UPLB) as well as members of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Philippines who all gathered at SEARCA for the UPLB’s launch of the Jose Sotero Laurel III Professorial Chair in… Read more
Dr. Oudom Phonekhampheng was appointed President of the National University of Laos (NUOL) in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Previously, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture for more than 10 years and then the Vice President of NUOL since 2016. His research interests include sustainable agriculture and environment development, ichthyology and aquaculture, fish passage, and animal nutrition. Dr. Phonekhampheng took his Bachelor’s degree in Ichthyology at the Institute of Technology and Fishery, Astrakhan, Russia from 1983-1987. He completed his MS in Fish Culture and Fish Seeds at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand through a DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship from 1993 to 1996… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) conducted its 24th SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (SOLVE) webinar titled Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) through One Health Approach: Priority Actions for Best Practice Policies and Surveillance Innovations on 24 February 2021 via Zoom and Facebook Live. The presenters include Dr. Susan Noor, Senior Researcher at the Indonesian Centre for Veterinary Research and Development, Indonesian Agency for Agriculture Research and Development, Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture; Dr. Abbie Stephanie Uy, Veterinarian II of the National Veterinary Quarantine Services Division, Bureau of Animal Industry, Philippine… Read more
Dr. Felix M. Salas from Visayas State University (VSU) was awarded the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grant in 2020 for his excellence and contribution in the field of Agricultural Chemistry. Currently, Dr. Salas is a Professor II at the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences. As part of his Regional Professorial Chair Grant, Dr. Salas conducted his public lecture on 26 February 2021 at Visayas State University which was streamed online via Zoom. He discussed about “Innovative Liquid Nutrient Formulations for Improved Yield and Chemical Characteristics of Horticultural Crops under an Aggregate Hydroponic System”.  Dr… Read more
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